Accessory Dwelling Units could be coming to Reno

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RENO, Nev. (News 4 & Fox 11) -- The Reno Planning Commission will be meeting on Wednesday, May 30th to discuss the possibility allowing Accessory Dwelling Units (ADU's) - also known as granny flats, accessory apartments or second units - to be built in Reno.

ADU's are additional living quarters on single family lots that are entirely independent of the primary dwelling unit, and because of the independent nature of these structures, they come fully equipped with kitchen and bathroom facilities.

These kinds of structures are currently not allowed in Reno, but of the Planning Commission approves the proposal, depending on where you live and how large your home is, you could be allowed to build up to an additional 800 square foot building on your property to be rented out as a rental apartment, office space or even an Air BnB.

Reno City Planning Manager Claudia Hanson says, “ADUs provide an opportunity to diversify affordability in a neighborhood by allowing rental units for extended families or other members of the public. ADUs not only give renters additional affordable living options in neighborhoods that are traditionally focused on single family homes, they also provide income to the homeowners.”

While some members of the public like the idea of ADUs, there are some concerns regarding, among other things, parking, traffic and trash.

If the Planning Commission approves the proposal, it will head over to the Reno City Council for a vote.

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